By combing high impact plastics, featherweight aluminum, and high quality stainless steel, we were able to come up with a product that is not only lightweight, but durable as well. The Press-Bot weighs in at a sprightly 2.4 ozs.
With proper use the Press-Bots will last a lifetime. Many years ago, we were fortunate enough to get several of the "limited edition" Press-Bots for our guided trips. These 'bots' have made their way down thousands of trail miles and have made thousands of gallons of excellent coffee.
One hint, periodically check the threaded hardware for tightness.
Absolutely. I have usually employ the "shake and disperse" technique followed by a quick rinse. However, different areas have different considerations for Leave No Trace (LNT) ethics -please, check with the local Backcountry Office.
One thing is for sure, no messy bags or filter baskets to carry out.